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Poster: billydlions Date: Jun 15, 2009 6:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: mystery revealed

The problem that I've always had with 1973 & 1974 is that there are so many songs that seem under-developed compared to later years. Songs like Jack Straw, Brown Eyed Women, Scarlet (and many others) became much better by 1977, IMO of course. The longer jams, like Playin or Truckin, lost some of the edge that existed in 1972 and were more spacey.

I've yet to here a show that I believe is better than the best of '72 or '77 so for that reason I'm going to pass on this one. I know that I'm a typical opinionated deadhead but am always open to hear where I've gone wrong if someone wants to enlighten me.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Jun 15, 2009 7:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: mystery revealed

I hear you. To me there was a crispiness to '74 that is really enthralling, and there are some songs performed in '73-'74 that were never beat - Eyes Of The World, for instance. I like '77 renditions of that song but none were as badass as the ones from the earlier years.

I've come to see these eras as old friends that I keep coming back to. '68 is like a little brother - playful, violent and mischievous... '72 is like a sleek, hungry cheetah, wild but disciplined when it needs to be... the rest of the eras each have their own unique flavors as well. I consider '73 and '74 to be the most "challenging" if that makes any sense... too much and I'll have an overdose of sorts, just because it's so meaty. '77 is like ripe strawberries. Or candy. It's delicious, but some of it makes you a little sick.

This is all my opinion, of course.